"By opening up about these unique experiences, women of color build esteem and lift the shame of hiding their true selves from the world. We’re able to be seen, and feel heard, and that is healing."
"There is so much about the female body that doesn’t get discussed enough and many women struggle and suffer in silence because of it."
"It made me realize the power and vulnerability involved in sitting in front of a camera and staring directly into the lens and how a collaboration between subject and photographer can become empowering and revolutionary."
"Something in us shifts. It’s time to get profound, our subconscious says. It’s time to get out of your own way, the ego is told. Lean into this. Go slow. Speak clearly. Listen with love. Stay open—stay open."
"Be as kind to yourself, your family, your neighbors, and strangers as you can right now. Everyone is moving through this time in their own way. And if you aren’t one already, you can try pretending to be a working artist moving through a rough patch."
In all the stories we've told, we've amassed quite the collection of wisdom—especially pertaining to the intersection of change and circumstance. Here is a bit of advice to guide you on your journey.
"It is a misconception that offering unsolicited advice is harmless. Some of us biologically cannot carry a child to term, and some of us cannot even get pregnant. I wish more women would think about that and be more sensitive when discussing pregnancy and children."
We combed our archives for career advice from just a few of the bold women we've profiled over the years — from supporting female small businesses to including activism in the business plan, here are words of wisdom to learn from.
"Taking the path of parenthood may bring you closer to those you know who are also parents, or it may not. It’s easy for me to generalize about my friends and those in my communities who have kids about what their lives are like. And it’s all too easy for them to make assumptions about me."